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  1. Excellent. I have one of those, too, (built 1977) and it's on my list for renovation. I doubt it will come out as good as yours!
  2. Toryu

    1/32 Revell :Me 110

    Nice winter camo. If this is the Revell kit from the seventies, then it's actually 1/35 scale.
  3. So, you did it Duncan, with turtle and all - congratulations! It looks really great. Colours, rigging, cockpit detail, everything superb. Cheers, Michael
  4. On 16 February 1945 US Navy Task Force 58 launched a strike against Japanese airfields in Chiba Prefecture. It was the combat début for the Hellcats of VF-12 and VBF-12 aboard USS Randolph (CV-15). Over the Kantō Plain, Mitsubishi J2M3 of the Imperial Japanese Navy's 302nd Kōkūtai intercepted the formation and claimed eight Hellcats destroyed. 302 Kū, a veteran IJN unit, was based at Yokosuka to defend the industrial region south of Tokyo. Difficult to handle for a rookie Mitsubishi's 'Thunderbolt' was a formidable foe in the hands of an experienced pilot. Fast-climbing and heavily armed (with four to five 20 mm cannon) the J2M3 was one of the few Japanese fighters that could successfully intercept the B-29 at high altitude. Unfortunately, due to the tight casing of the engine, the 14-cylinder Mitsubishi Kasei was prone to overheating which hampered operational effectiveness. My Tamiya model is a veteran, too. I originally built it in 1977 and made an all-out restoration two years ago. It represents a squadron leader’s aircraft (yellow fuselage band) and was most likely assigned to Lt Junrō Teramura, leader of the 1st Buntai. This Raiden was lost on 19 April 1945 while flown by Lt(jg) Ei Fukuda. The victory was claimed by P-51 pilot Maj James Trapp, squadron commander of the 78th FS. Cockpit: Aires (#4538) and Eduard (#48201) Wheel covers: Quickboost (#48399) Exhausts: Quickboost (#48383) Decals: AeroMaster (#48-286) The colours are home-mixed following the excellent 'Mitsubishi J2M Raiden Colour Notes' by Nick Millman (Aviation of Japan) I hope you see why this is my favourite Japanese Navy fighter. ハッピーモデル構築 - Michael References Navy Interceptor “Raiden“, Famous Airplanes of the World No.61, Tokyo, 1996 Mitsubishi J2M Raiden, Mushroom Model Magazine Special No.6110, Sandomierz, 2004 Mitsubishi Navy Interceptor Fighter "Raiden", Mechanism of Military Aircraft No.4, Japan, 2011 Mitsubishi J2M Raiden, Model Art Profile No.11, Tokyo, 2011 J2M3 Imperial Japanese Navy Interceptor Raiden, Zoukai-mura SWS No.VI, Kyoto, 2013 J2M Raiden and N1K1/2 Shiden/Shiden-Kai Aces, Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 129, Botley, 2016 Also visit my D4Y3 Suisei here
  5. The early Gekko is my preferred one. A wonderful build, especially commendable for the small scale. The upper surface green is a great match for the IJN nightfighter green (which may have been a bit lighter/greener than the standard D1/D2 black greens). Congratulations from a fellow J-modeller!
  6. Toryu

    F4u 1d corsair interior colours

    Agree - that's what I used on my -1A. It's not clear, however, when Dull Dark Green was finally phased out of USN aircraft.
  7. Toryu

    F4u 1d corsair interior colours

    F4U-1D (early) cockpit: Dull Dark Green, as of Oct 1944: Interior Green Wheel wells (early): underside colour = insignia white, later on gloss sea blue aircraft: interior green. Source: Dana Bell, Interior Colours of US Aircraft, 1941-45, IPMS Stockholm.org. But this is not necessarily 100% reliable due to variations by different manufacturers. You may want to chime in, Dana, if you read this. Michael
  8. Toryu

    Hellcat main external fuel tank

    In many cases the F6F-5s (sea blue) used up the older white drop tanks that were still on stock. This can be seen on many wartime pictures. There were at least two different type of Hellcat drop tanks - the earlier one has a curved fairing, the later one a straight fairing, both with a vertical seam line. A third version (after war?) had a horizontal seam line and no fairing, i.e. pipes into fuselage are visible.
  9. Toryu

    1/72 Flying Fokker

    Excellent for the small scale!
  10. I would like to thank all of you for your kind comments. As a bonus I added a new picture - enjoy! Cheers, Michael
  11. Toryu

    P-51D stars and bars

    Agree that the forward bar is stained (from the fuel filler above), that's why it's darker than the rest. But the others are not white. Compare with many pictures with a white bar - the white stands out very clearly. I suppose that not necessarily grey had been used for toning down, but maybe some dissolvent or paste. P-51Ds were usually kept in ship-shape, why would they allow just the insignia to be stained throughout? In the end, whatever the reason may be, as modeller you will have to darken the stars and bars.
  12. You cannot display them in public in Germany. Nazi symbols of all kind are forbidden. Most kits even come with the swastika scratched out. Not a problem, though, in your private home, but on exhibitions swastika are hidden under camouflage nets or similar.
  13. Toryu

    P-51D stars and bars

    Guys, I think this discussion has gotten a bit out of hand with opinions and assumptions. You find toned-down stars and bars in nearly every 8th AF Mustang group. The colour was either neutral grey or some light grey from British sources. White stars were very conspicious from a distance as I mentioned earlier, even compared with NM finishes. Top and bottom insignia didn't receive this treatment because the angle of fighter-to-fighter encounters would not reveal them too much unless you fly directly overhead. Other (white) markings were less problematic because only stars and bars would reveal the nationality and also make a perfect aiming point. This 'camouflage' was not a left-over from earlier olive/grey times but appeared on NM Mustangs. There are instances of olive-coloured bombers having toned-down stars on the upper wing because white destroyed the camouflage against the ground. See two examples of grey stars below (4th FG and 7th PG) and compare with the conspiciousness of white stars on the picture of the 339th FG. Cheers, Michael
  14. Don't tell anybody: I make the sound with my mouth - vrooomgroaaaar... Yeah, you're right, I'm not a certified electrician.
  15. Thanks for the flowers Michael. The nose cone is from Squadron. Their canopies matched the Monogram kit quite well as far as I remember. I don't know anymore if I had to make adjustments. If any, I prefer slight oversize issues because you can sand down the front while it gets wider. Agree on the B-25 which I also like much (the one with the rear dorsal turret). It is more a 'muscle' plane while the B-26 is more elegant. I feel the same differentiation for the F4U / P-51, my two favourite US fighters. Cheers, Michael